Any tips on caring for these delicate bamboo implements? I'm trying to be gentle, but I've already broken a couple tines.
Here are the two techniques I've used:
1) Avoid clumps by stirring matcha into a splash of cold water to create a paste. This requires brushing the whisk against the bottom of the bowl, and has been responsible for my broken tines.
2) Avoid clumps by pressing matcha through a sieve, and whisking tea without touching whisk to bowl. This obviously spares any wear and tear on the chasen, but I find that my tea is still a bit clumpy, and not as smooth as method #1.